Survivorship and Supportive Care

 

Survivorship

The Mississauga Halton/Central West (MHCW) Regional Cancer Program defines survivorship as when cancer treatment is done and there are no more signs of cancer. Survivorship is a time of change and can bring many emotions. You may believe that you should feel better immediately after your treatment is done, but it takes time to feel better and have energy. Be kind to yourself and those around you as you get used to what it means to be a survivor.
 
The MHCW Regional Cancer Program has three different programs to support survivors:
 
Living Well Beyond Cancer
In collaboration with the Canadian Cancer Society, The MHCW Regional Cancer Program hosts a six-week program offered in a 2.5 hour-long sessions once a week at the Carlo Fidani Regional Cancer Centre. This program helps survivors and caregivers focus on making the best of their lives while living with, and beyond cancer. For more information contact Monica Wiens at 905-813-1100 ext. 4862.
 
Next Steps
'Next Steps' is a class that helps patients and their families feel prepared foPic cropped.jpgr survivorship. Located at The Carlo Fidani Regional Cancer Centre, this class is offered to patients after their cancer treatment so they can meet with a nurse practitioner, social worker, dietician, screening expert, quit smoking expert, and exercise expert. Patients will learn about their care plan; strategies for long-lasting side effects; and discuss any emotional, psychological and spiritual concerns they may have. For more information contact Monica Wiens at 905-813-1100 ext. 4862.
 
Breast Well Follow Up
This program provides post-treatment support for breast cancer patients and their families. Breast Well Follow Up allows cancer survivors to discuss emotional, physical and psychosocial concerns, ask about healthy living, returning back to work and learn about survivorship resources in the community. This program enables patients to exercise self-management through the support of a medical team that includes a primary care physician, oncology clinic, and a nurse practitioner. For more information contact Maria Rugg at 905-813-1100 ext. 5554.
 
 
Supportive Care 

 
Supportive care programs have been developed to meet your informational, emotional, psychological, social, spiritual, nutritional and practical needs during all phases of your cancer journey.
A cancer diagnosis can be difficult and it is normal to have many different emotions during this time. Examples of emotions that are common are: stress, anxiety, sadness, anger or a sense of a loss of control. It is important to talk to a psychiatrist, psychologist, or social worker at your cancer centre or oncology clinic that can help you understand your feelings and thoughts. 
 
Eating healthy is very important during every stage of your cancer treatment and recovery. A healthy diet gives you energy, helps you feel better and recover faster from treatment side effects. Cancer treatments can cause different side effects that make it difficult to meet your nutritional needs. Talk to a dietitian if you have any questions about what to eat.

You may also be wondering about medication cost and coverage. There is a member of the Supportive Care team who can help you understand how your medication coverage works and what options may be available to you during your cancer treatments.  
 
The MHCW Regional Cancer Program will provide you and your families/loved ones, information you need from the right professional. Talk to your health care team about any of your questions. They can help you find the information you need.

Supportive Care at the MHCW Regional Cancer Program can help with psychosocial counselling, nutritional counselling, education and information about medication coverage.
 
Psychosocial and Patient Education Cancer Network

The MHCW Regional Cancer Program has recently launched the Mississauga Halton/Central West Psychosocial and Patient Education Cancer Network. The purpose of this network is to bring the partners of the cancer program together to improve the psychosocial, physical, emotional, spiritual, informational programs across the regions. This network also focuses on programming for survivors.
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